Local Authority Internal Audit Virtual Forum

Welcome to our Local Authority Internal Audit Virtual Forum. A monthly virtual forum aimed at internal auditors in local authorities, providing an open environment to share knowledge and experience, air concerns and support each other under Chatham House rules.

Why join us?

Our Local Authority Internal Audit Virtual Forums are interactive MS Teams-based discussions which invite you to converse and collaborate with peers, section 151 officers, and guest speakers (usually subject matter experts), and share your own experiences. The Institute also offers technical and practical guidance where relevant.

Originally set up in response to pandemic challenges, the forum is now a fundamental source of interaction and support for members on a wide range of topics.

The forum is chaired by Piyush Fatania, a member of our council, with support from John Wood, our CEO, Liz Sandwith, our Chief Professional Practices Advisor, and Derek Jamieson, our Regions Director.

How to join us

The forum is invitation-only. Please contact Liz Sandwith (liz.sandwith@iia.org.uk) to request an invitation or to offer to present.

Forum schedule

All meetings take place monthly on a Wednesday at 15:30 on MS Teams and run for 45 minutes. The remainder of the 2022 programme is currently being finalised, but please see below an indicative schedule for the next few months. Please note: this schedule may be subject to change.

Date Discussion topic
25th May CIPFA - Internal Audit: Untapped potential
22nd June Cashflow management - staving off a S114 notice
27th July Cyber response plans
24th August Modern slavery regulations

Latest key takeaways

Stay abreast of our forums as they happen. To help you keep track and understand what's covered, we have labelled all of our recent forums by their headline topics. 


20 May | LACAN meets Anthony Pugliese, President and CEO - IIA Global. See what he has to say about the future of the profession

20 April | Data Analytics - no longer negotiable

23 March | Culture through the EDI lens

23 February | Fraud risk assessment

12 January | Risk appetite and the annual audit plan


15 December | Safeguarding

24 November | Organisational change and digital transformation

27 October | Culture - EDI

29 September | Risk in Focus 2022

25 August | Fraud

21 July | Financial stability and cost containment

Earlier key takeaways

Our Local Authority Internal Audit Virtual Forum has been running since July 2020. All key takeaways from July 2020 to June 2021 can be found on our archive page, which you can access by following the link below.

Access earlier key takeaways

Supporting information

CIPFA guidance
Guidance on providing an opinion during the pandemic crisis.